Jennifer L. Erickson

Jennifer L. Erickson is the White Family Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Boston College. Her research sits at the intersection of international security, political economy, and global governance. Her current projects deal with international reputation and humanitarian arms export controls; sanctions and arms embargoes; and new defense technologies and the creation of laws and norms of war. She has published or forthcoming articles on the US and  European arms trade, compliance with arms embargoes, and the UN Arms Trade Treaty process.

Erickson's book, Dangerous Trade: Conventional Arms Exports, Human Rights, and International Reputation, is forthcoming with Columbia University Press (2015). Dangerous Trade explains why major arms exporting democracies have come to support new humanitarian arms trade norms, articulated in the new UN Arms Trade Treaty and related multilateral initiatives, intended to restrict small and major conventional arms exports to human rights violators and conflict zones. Yet it also shows that states' compliance with new norms in practice has so far been limited. Dangerous Trade uses a multi-method approach with original statistical and interview data to make important and timely contributions to the study of international security and arms control, international reputation, norm diffusion and socialization, international law and regimes, and government transparency and accountability.

Erickson has conducted extensive fieldwork in the United States and Europe, where she was a research fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) and the Wissenchaftszentrum (WZB) in Berlin. She has also been a Research Fellow at Dartmouth College in the War and Peace Studies Program at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and is currently a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. She has a B.A. in Political Science from St. Olaf College and a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.